Auction 137, Lot 54

"Geographische Verbreitung der Menschen-Rassen…", Perthes, Justus

Subject: World

Period: 1848 (dated)

Publication: Berghaus' Physikalischer Atlas

Color: Hand Color

15.7 x 12.9 inches
39.9 x 32.8 cm

This scarce and unusual thematic map illustrates the geographic distribution of the human races throughout the world. It is drawn on Mercator's Projection with well-rendered vignettes of the various races at top and sides. Beneath the map are related graphs and a smaller world map showing population density in relation to agricultural zones. Berghaus' Physikalischer Atlas was a monumental work in the history of thematic cartography. It is considered the first comprehensive physical atlas of the world.

References: Robinson Fig. #51, p. 115.

Condition: B+

Original color with light toning and faint stains that do not distract. A few small pinholes in upper corners far from map image.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/14/2011